Used BMW 5-Series Saloon (2010 - 2017) Equipment

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 27 Aug 2015
4.7
BMW is renowned for building cars that are great to drive but sometimes at the expense of comfort. That's not the case with the 5 Series, however.
4.5 out of 5

Equipment

Initially, the 5 Series was launched with one trim level - the SE. BMW 5 Series equipment and accessory levels are very high as standard and all models get 17-inch alloy wheels, an electric parking brake, cruise control, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC+), front foglights, front and rear parking sensors, rain sensitive wipers, leather upholstery, part-electrically adjustable front seats, automatic air conditioning, electric windows, multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth, a CD stereo, seven-inch colour display with iDrive and a trip computer. The 530d models get metallic paint as standard while the 550i adds 18-inch wheels, four-zone climate control and an eight speed automatic gearbox. Six-cylinder models add USB connectivity and ambient interior lighting while the 550i has the eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. In September 2010 BMW introduced the M Sport version that features sports suspension, an aerodynamics package and 18-inch alloys that feature a double-spoke design. Inside the M Sport version gets sports seats, an M leather-covered steering wheel and M gearknob, and extra aluminium trim.

BMW 5 Series accessories

Since the BMW 5 Series equipment list is pretty generous you might consider optional extras needless, expensive luxury. Still, BMW has plenty of goodies for you to choose from if you don’t mind pushing up your purchase price. The cost options on the 5 Series include park assist, active steering that not only increases steering response but also reduces the turning circle. You could also go for the Surround View system that uses cameras in the side mirrors and the front wheel arches to give you a 360-degree view on the iDrive display to help you park easily. There’s a whole bunch of safety gubbins including night vision, lane departure warning, head-up display and blind spot warning. Optional extras on the M Sport versions include 19-inch alloys and a rear spoiler.

Packages

There are four packages to choose from too: BMW Navigation, BMW ConnectedDrive, Dynamic package and Visibility package. They should be self-explanatory where buyers can spec up with sat nav, voice control and online connectivity, a sportier look or a better headlight package.

Parkers recommends

We suggest you save your money and stick with the standard kit but if you want to preserve the value of your 5 Series and make it more attractive when you come to sell it’s probably best to go for the Navigation pack. The head-up display is useful, but we think that upgrading to 19-inch alloys (included on the Dynamic Pack) is pointless because the standard wheels are nice enough and the 19-inchers do compromise the ride a little.

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Equipment

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  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
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